by Jonathan Azaziah
Long live Iraqi unity! Pictured here are numerous Sunni and Shi’a commanders of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization (Hashd al-Shaabi), including legendary moujahid Hadi al-Ameri, praying together not too far from Mosul. After ISIS’s horrible massacre in Baghdad’s Al-Shaab District, to see something as marvelous as this really drapes a blanket over the heart, staving off the wintry cold of sadness and reinvigorating the feeling that good, albeit with some bumps and bruises along the way, will eventually triumph over evil. Somewhere in the underbellies of Langley, Riyadh and Herzliya, the instigators, facilitators and orchestrators of the Mossad-P2OG-Takfiri fitnah which has plagued Iraq since 2003 are dying inside and choking on their failure to drive a wedge between brothers in faith and equals in humanity, to borrow the immortal saying of Imam Ali (A.S.) And that should make all Moustazafeen smile.
They try to rip out the wicks of our collective Muhammadi-Husseini candle, but we just burn that much brighter. They try to cut our arms off as Ayatollah Sayyed Ruhollah Khomeini (R.A.) famously warned, but we just hold on to each other that much tighter. Time and time again, we show our enemies in word, deed and blood that WE ARE ONE HAND. We reject their chaos. We rebuke their conspiracies. We refuse to renege on our resistance to the Zionist-designed project of partition. For our destiny as Iraqis, from every walk of life in Baghdad, Mosul and anywhere else, is a simple but profound one: Maintain our territorial integrity and preserve our transhistorical, civilizational identity whilst countering the hegemony of the ruthless, cunning Empire. And with our unity in full-bloom, you best believe that such a task will be as easy as baking and then chowing down on the most delicious kleicha. “We Are One Hand!” before, “We Are One Hand!” now, “We Are One Hand!” forever. #LongLiveIraq #WeAreOneHand